“… he started howling and I was able to get this shot.”

“I was at the Toronto Zoo with my grandfather. It was cold, and we were about to leave, when we saw this Arctic Wolf on the top of a hill. I climbed up on an icy rock to get a better angle. Just as I began taking photos of him, he started howling and I was able to get this shot. I’m 13 years old and have been doing bird, nature, and wildlife photography for the past two years.”

The description above was given by Chris Graham, our Youth Category Winner in our 75th Anniversary Photo Contest. His photo captures not only a perfectly timed moment, but also shows Chris’ passion for nature.

Here at Nature Canada it brings a smile to our faces to see nature lovers as young (and talented!) as Chris getting out and connecting with nature and all the special moments that can be found while exploring it.

Chris’ work is also our feature photo for January in our 75th Anniversary Calendar – and it’s not too late to get your very own free copy! Visit mynaturecanada.ca and take the My Nature Canada pledge to have a copy mailed to you.

Congratulations again to Chris and the other winning submissions featured in the calendar! Thank you for sharing such wonderful nature moments!

More about Chris

Chris had some other contest successes in 2014. He was the  winner for the 2014 City of Toronto Gallery – Get to Know Contest, he was shortlisted for the 2014 Youth Outdoor Photographer of the Year and he was a finalist in the 2014 Youth Travel Photographer of the Year. This winter, Chris spent some time in Algonquin Park photographing some foxes and this summer Chris is on a mission to get a great Puffin photo, and to do so he will be spending a few days at the Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve. Chris has started a youth nature photography blog which can be found on his website: http://www.chrisgrahamphotos.com